Saturday, January 13, 2024

Kope Coffee 60% Dark Milk Chocolate (bar) - Jan. 12, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Manoa Chocolate
Kope Coffee 60% Dark Milk Chocolate (bar)
Good ++ 
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.1 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 180 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Manoa website, online order

Aloha, and welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week.

Today's 60% Dark Milk Chocolate (bar) was made by Manoa Chocolate (Kailua, HI). It was part of the small-batch chocolate maker's Flavors of Hawaii (bars) series. The packaging in this series included colorful island-themed illustrations* and Manoa bars this week were all adorned with an attractive patterned image.

Aroma notes included: smooth, rich mocha latte with coffee, rich dark chocolate (cocoa, drinking chocolate; sweet green botanical; very faint earth).

Today's flavorful dark chocolate was an enjoyable, smooth yet flavorful Hawaii mocha with rich, complex and balanced chocolate (chocolate-y hot cocoa, sweet green, fresh botanical; and gentle, fleeting earth). 

This bar offered all the well-executed flavors, without the harshness that can sometimes accompany coffee and/or cacao. (This was very low bitterness and acidity; and the judicious addition of milk helped mellow the taste a bit further.) Thank you to the maker for adding enough milk and sugar to be pleasant, but not so much that it muffled subtle flavors. Perfect.

Manoa description: 

"Coffee plantations first emerged in Hawai'i in the 1800s. From then the crop has thrived, with over 8,200 acres planted across the state. Here in Hawai'i more farms grow coffee than any other crop, and we are proud to be able to source locally grown coffee (kope) for this bar."

Maker-suggested beverage pairings - "Wine: Petite Sirah, Beer: Porters, Liquor: Coffee Liqueur"

Ingredients: cacao, organic cane sugar, organic whole milk powder, cocoa butter, Hawaiian coffee

Allergen-related information: Contains milk. Manufactured by Manoa in Kailua, HI. "This facility also processes milk, wheat, peanut, walnut, cashew, pecan, coconut, macadamia, hazelnut, almond pistachio"

*Artwork by Shar Tuiasoa, Punky Aloha (Kailua, Oahu)


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